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ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Sun May 06, 2018 4:08 pm


Meet ComponentFinder - our new super convenient tool, designed for, not merely browsing your library, but for actually finding the components you need. Easy, fast and all within SketchUp!

  • Enhanced Browsing - Choose the best way to view your components (navigation or flat-files)
  • Powerful Search - Quickly filter through your open tabs and components
  • Zoom In / Zoom Out - See larger or smaller component thumbnails
  • Save Components - Save components into ComponentFinder directly from Sketchup
  • Open multiple tabs at once - Select multiple folders from your local library and add them into ComponentFinder, all at once

ComponentFinder is an evolution of the FlexTools Favorites Library. It will now work with all components, not only with "flex".

Coming Soon!
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Tue May 15, 2018 9:45 am

We just launched a beta version of ComponentFinder. Hooray!

Looking for people to help us test and improve it.

Be part of it! --> https://flextools.cc/componentfinder-beta/


And yes, it’s FREE!
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Thu May 17, 2018 4:46 pm

Great video explaining ComponentFinder thanks to Architecture Inspirations

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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby juju » Thu May 17, 2018 8:49 pm

haha, clever, it integrates with the FlexPack icons, was searching like mad to find it at first as I was expecting a separate new floating icon as one normally finds when installing a new extension...
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby chrisik » Mon May 21, 2018 8:30 am

i've installed component finder along with the other flextools and activated it. Then i want to add a folder, the windows explorer opens and i can select one but then nothing happens - the component finder window keeps blanc and no components are displayed. i've tried other folders with sketchup models and i also reinstalled the plugin but it doesn't work. i use windows 10/1803 sketchup pro 2018.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Mon May 21, 2018 8:56 am

Hi Chrisik,

Please open the Ruby Console: Window > Ruby Console
Are you getting any messages there when you try to open a folder?

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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Mon May 21, 2018 9:08 am

juju wrote:haha, clever, it integrates with the FlexPack icons, was searching like mad to find it at first as I was expecting a separate new floating icon as one normally finds when installing a new extension...


Hi Juju,

Forgive me for the confusion. Glad you found it eventually :).
I've updated the ComponentFinder page with an entry called FlexTools Integration, and updated the Learn page, showing the toolbar with, and without FlexPack.

Does that clears up the confusion?
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby chrisik » Mon May 21, 2018 9:35 am

halroach wrote:Hi Chrisik,

Please open the Ruby Console: Window > Ruby Console
Are you getting any messages there when you try to open a folder?

Yoni


No, i don't get any messages.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Mon May 21, 2018 10:03 am

chrisik wrote:No, i don't get any messages.


Please email me at yoni@flextools.cc so we can troubleshoot this issue further.
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File Path

Postby jkoll66 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:22 pm

Hello, Component Finder is a great extension. In a future release could you please allow a way to see the file path somewhere? I have 2 folders on different servers containing the same components. One is a personal folder for my components and the other is a user folder. I've on occasion had the wrong folder open in the Component Finder window. Thanks.
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Re: File Path

Postby halroach » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:52 pm

jkoll66 wrote:Hello, Component Finder is a great extension. In a future release could you please allow a way to see the file path somewhere? I have 2 folders on different servers containing the same components. One is a personal folder for my components and the other is a user folder. I've on occasion had the wrong folder open in the Component Finder window. Thanks.



Hi Jkoll, Thanks!
When we first started working on ComponentFinder we thought of showing the full path, but we found that it added a lot of unnecessary clutter to the screen, and in most cases it seemed like it's not needed.

We may add the possibility of viewing the full path in future versions...

If possible, you could try renaming the folders to avoid confusion. If you can't rename, for the time being, you can click on the little hard disk button every now and then which would open the source folder. It would serve as a double-check to make sure you're in the correct place.
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Re: File Path

Postby jkoll66 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:20 pm

halroach wrote:
jkoll66 wrote:Hello, Component Finder is a great extension. In a future release could you please allow a way to see the file path somewhere? I have 2 folders on different servers containing the same components. One is a personal folder for my components and the other is a user folder. I've on occasion had the wrong folder open in the Component Finder window. Thanks.



Hi Jkoll, Thanks!
When we first started working on ComponentFinder we thought of showing the full path, but we found that it added a lot of unnecessary clutter to the screen, and in most cases it seemed like it's not needed.

We may add the possibility of viewing the full path in future versions...

If possible, you could try renaming the folders to avoid confusion. If you can't rename, for the time being, you can click on the little hard disk button every now and then which would open the source folder. It would serve as a double-check to make sure you're in the correct place.


The problem is that the contents of my personal folder are Robocopied nightly into the user folder. I can rename the parent folder, but there are child folders that can't be renamed. Maybe you could incorporate a tool tip that flies out from the folder name when you hover over it? Thanks.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby Edson » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:25 pm

I installed Component Finder but, since I once had FlexTools installed, it was installed as part of its long toolbar. It did not ask for my license number either.

My question is: what files do I have to delete to get rid of the FT toolbar? Since I do not use the other tools I would like to have the short toolbar that shows only Component Finder.

Thanks.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:37 pm

Edson wrote:I installed Component Finder but, since I once had FlexTools installed, it was installed as part of its long toolbar. It did not ask for my license number either.

My question is: what files do I have to delete to get rid of the FT toolbar? Since I do not use the other tools I would like to have the short toolbar that shows only Component Finder.

Thanks.



Hi Edson,

To completely remove the rest of the FlexTools toolbar:

1. Close Sketchup

2. If you have no need for FlexTools at all - Delete the following folder: C:\ProgramData\F3d_FlexTools

3. Open Sketchup and reinstall ComponentFinder.

4. Open the FlexTools manager (gear icon)

5. (re)Activate ComponentFinder with your license key.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby Edson » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:11 pm

thanks. this is what I had done before. and it worked.

what is happening is that when I try to instal Component Finder the installer installs the whole package. this installer is ft1.6.1_component_finder_pack_0.6.0. I am probably not being able to download the correct installer. how can I get it?
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:35 pm

Edson wrote:thanks. this is what I had done before. and it worked.

what is happening is that when I try to instal Component Finder the installer installs the whole package. this installer is ft1.6.1_component_finder_pack_0.6.0. I am probably not being able to download the correct installer. how can I get it?



You have the correct RBZ - ft1.6.1_component_finder_pack_0.6.0

Before installing make sure the C:\ProgramData\F3d_FlexTools folder is gone.
After restarting Sketchup and reinstalling you should have a toolbar called FlexTools with 2 icons on it.

It should look like this:

component_finder_flextools_toolbar_07.png
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby Edson » Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:54 pm

ok. problem solved. there were parts FlexTools in more than one location and I had to delete all of them for the installation to work.

thanks.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:15 pm

Edson wrote:ok. problem solved. there were parts FlexTools in more than one location and I had to delete all of them for the installation to work.

thanks.


Ok great. Glad it worked out.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby sally » Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:14 am

Hello,

I too have installed the rbz file, have the toolbar and component browser window but can't load any components or folders. I'm on a Mac running Mojave 10.14.1. No messages on the ruby console.

Thanks, kind regards, Sally
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby Edson » Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:16 pm

sally wrote:Hello,

I too have installed the rbz file, have the toolbar and component browser window but can't load any components or folders. I'm on a Mac running Mojave 10.14.1. No messages on the ruby console.

Thanks, kind regards, Sally


Depending on the number of components you have in your computer, it seems to take a long time to load them.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:38 pm

sally wrote:Hello,

I too have installed the rbz file, have the toolbar and component browser window but can't load any components or folders. I'm on a Mac running Mojave 10.14.1. No messages on the ruby console.

Thanks, kind regards, Sally



Hi Sally,
1. Was ComponentFinder(CF) working at any point in time, or it wouldn't work when you first opened it?

2. Is the CF screen completely gray, or do you see the interface normally?

3. Please check if purging the model (Window > Model Info > Statistics > 'Purge Unused') helps in any way.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby sally » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:43 am

Hello Yoni (?)
1 it has never worked
2 I see the interface normally
3 purging made no difference

When I click on add folder, I can navigate to the folder I want, but all the SKP files within the folder stay greyed out. And nothing loads. I think I will uninstall and re-install the rbz file.

Thanks, Sally
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:44 am

sally wrote:Hello Yoni (?)
1 it has never worked
2 I see the interface normally
3 purging made no difference

When I click on add folder, I can navigate to the folder I want, but all the SKP files within the folder stay greyed out. And nothing loads. I think I will uninstall and re-install the rbz file.

Thanks, Sally


What versions of Sketchup is it on?
Can you please post a screenshot?

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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby sally » Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:49 am

Hi Yoni,

when I looked at the CF screen and clicked on all the icons, (I think it was the eye one) I saw a message saying please re-start SU to rebuild the toolbar. So I restarted and voila, there they all were. I had 6 lots of the same folder, presumably they had loaded each time I had tried but just didn't show. Su version 18.0.16976 by the way.

Happy bunny now, looks like a great tool. Many thanks, best, Sally
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:57 am

sally wrote:Hi Yoni,

when I looked at the CF screen and clicked on all the icons, (I think it was the eye one) I saw a message saying please re-start SU to rebuild the toolbar. So I restarted and voila, there they all were. I had 6 lots of the same folder, presumably they had loaded each time I had tried but just didn't show. Su version 18.0.16976 by the way.

Happy bunny now, looks like a great tool. Many thanks, best, Sally


Not sure what caused the folders not to show, but great to hear it's working fine now :D
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:26 pm

Glad to announce ComponentFinder was updated to version 0.8.0 :D

The highlights:

  • Folder scanning depth is now increased from 5 levels deep to infinity! (and beyond...)
  • The maximum number of components in an open folder tab is now up to 6000!
  • When opening a new folder tab, the scanning will be going on in the background so you can continue working while it's scanning. Components will be added as they are discovered.
  • You can now cancel the scan anytime.
  • Faster loading of open folder tabs during CF startup.
  • An additional larger zoom level was added.
  • You can click on the folder name and it then shows the full path instead.
  • When hovering over components, a tooltip appears with the full path.
  • The annoying bug where components' thumbnails would suddenly break? Squashed! :knockout:

To see the full list of release notes => https://flextools.cc/release-notes/

How to update => https://flextools.cc/learn/updates/
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Re: File Path

Postby halroach » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:38 pm

jkoll66 wrote:Hello, Component Finder is a great extension. In a future release could you please allow a way to see the file path somewhere?...

Done! :fro:
Check the 2nd and 3rd points before last in the previous post.
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby pbacot » Sun Nov 25, 2018 9:48 pm

Does this show components in model or only saved libraries?
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Sun Nov 25, 2018 10:02 pm

pbacot wrote:Does this show components in model or only saved libraries?


Currently only saved libraries. ‘In model’ is on our list...
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Re: ComponentFinder

Postby halroach » Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:00 am

Here is a new video explaining ComponentFinder by TutorialsUp:

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